PLEASE NOTE: The Fremantle Fixed Location is now OPEN, located in Block A at the Fremantle Hospital, entrance from South Terrace. The site is open from 12:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new Fremantle phone number is 9431 3318.
The WA AIDS Council (WAAC) Needle and Syringe Exchange Program provides services to people who inject drugs across Perth. The Needle Exchange service operates from a mobile needle van in the suburbs of: Armadale, Fremantle, Forrestfield, Gosnells, Joondalup, Midland, Mirrabooka and Rockingham. There is also a fixed Needle Exchange site at the WA AIDS Council (WAAC) in West Perth. Services include the provision of needle & syringe units, barrels and tips free on exchange, or at low cost, as well as the safe disposal of used injecting equipment. We also provide safer sex equipment, user-friendly advice, information and referral services.
Sharing a used needle or other injecting equipment is, unfortunately, one of the most effective methods of transmitting blood borne viruses. Australian Needle and Syringe Programs have prevented thousands of cases of infection among people who inject drugs and, in turn, have protected the rest of the community.
In 2009, the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging published the Return on Investment in Needle and Syringe Programs in Australia study and found that an investment of $12.9m in the funding of NSPs in Western Australia from years 2000-2009 has resulted in a saving of $124m in healthcare costs, with more than 19,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years saved with a net financial saving of $111m.
The lifetime net present value of investment in NSPs that took account of all healthcare costs and savings (but not costs associated with productivity losses) would be $5.63bn ($1.97bn discounted at 3%).
Please see the timetable below for the times and whereabouts of the WAAC Needle Van.
Please see below for the items available for exchange or purchase from the mobile needle van or the fixed needle exchange sites.
|ITEMS AVAILABLE & PRICE LIST|
(Ultrafine 29g, Terumo 29g, 27g)
|Free on exchange OR
25c each OR
$25 for box of 100
|Sterile Water (10ml)||60c|
|0.5ml Needles (Ultrafine 30g)||Free on exchange OR 25c||Tourniquets
- Single coloured
|Injecting Needles / Drawing Up Tips
(18g, 19g, 21g, 22g, 23g, 25g, 26g, 27g)
|Free on exchange OR 10c||Hirudoid (anti bruising cream)||$4.50|
- Syringes 3ml, 5ml, 10ml
- Syringes 20ml, 50ml
Free on exchange OR 25c
Free on exchange OR 50c
(0.2 micron, 0.8 micron)
|Infusions / Butterflies||25c on exchange OR 50c||Sterifits||30c|
|Cotton Wool Ball (5pc)||Free||Swabs
- Extra: 2 Swabs
- Extra: 1 Box
|FREE with your order
|Safe Disposal Buckets & Tubes||Free||Spoons||20c|